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Aug 13, 2022 Rag Radio
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Rag Radio 2022-08-12 - Bill Oakey & Roger Baker
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Jul 30, 2022 Rag Radio with Thorne Dreyer
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Thorne Dreyer 's guest is Thomas Alter II , and his co-host is Alice Embree . Tom Alter is the author of Toward a Cooperative Commonwealth: The Transplanted Roots of Farmer-Labor Radicalism in Texas . Published by the University of Illinois Press, the book offers a rare look at the German roots of radicalism in Texas. Toward a Cooperative Commonwealth illuminates the labor movements and populist ideas that changed the nation’s course at a pivotal time in its history. Tom Alter is an assistant...
Topics: Rag Radio, Thomas Alter, Thorne Dreyer, Alice Embree, Radicalism in Texas, Socialism in Texas,...
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Jul 21, 2022 Rag Radio with Thorne Dreyer
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Thorne Dreyer ’s guest is Barbara Hines , a former clinical professor and founder of the University of Texas Law School Immigration Clinic. She directed and co-directed the immigration clinic of the University of Texas School of Law from 1999 to 2014. She currently teaches as an adjunct professor at the law school. From 2014 to 2017, she was a Senior Fellow at the Emerson Collective, focusing primarily on the detention of immigrant families. She is the Co-Chair of the Board of Grassroots...
Topics: Rag Radio, Thorne Dreyer, Barbara Hines, Alice Embree, The Rag, Roe v. Wade, Abortion Rights
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Jul 9, 2022 Rag Radio
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Rag Radio 2022-07-08 - Roy Casagranda & Glenn Smith
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Jul 8, 2022 Rag Radio with Thorne Dreyer
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Thorne Dreyer 's guest is author, musician, and artist  Jesse Sublett , whose new book is a true crime book called  Last Gangster in Austin: Frank Smith, Ronnie Earle and the End of a Junkyard Mafia . As Michael Barnes wrote in the  Austin American-Statesman , "Sublett's riveting true-crime story reads like a classic noir novel. It uncovers a seamy 1970s underworld..." The book features larger-than-life figures like auto salvage yard and bail bondsman Frank Smith and crusading...
Topics: Rag Radio, Thorne Dreyer, Jesse Sublett, True Crime, Austin History, Ronnie Earle, Frank Smith
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Jun 17, 2022 Rag Radio with Thorne Dreyer
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Glenn Smith and Roy Casagranda join Thorne Dreyer as they analyze the latest developments in the news. They cover a number of hot topics including an in-depth discussion of the Jan. 6 hearings into the riots including the revelations about Rep. Barry Loudermilk leading an unofficial tour of the Capitol to men who would later participate in the attacks. They also talk in depth about the affect of the Robb Elementary shootings in Uvalde on the Texas governor’s race including late-breaking polls...
Topics: Rag Radio, Glenn Smith, Roy Casagranda, Thorne Dreyer, News Analysis, Jan. 6 Riots, Uvalde School...
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May 22, 2022 Rag Radio with Thorne Dreyer
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Professor Steve Davis joins Thorne Dreyer to talk about the Beatles and how he teaches their history to his students. He says the major themes on this week’s show will include the Beatles and the continuing importance of 60s music, his own experience of teaching about it, and how rock and roll might be worked into the curriculum in many subject areas and levels of schooling. And he touches on a fascinating list of topics for the show, ranging from the outbreak of Beatlemania in the U.S. in...
Topics: Rag Radio, Tracey Schulz, Steve Davis, The Beatles, Rock 'n Roll, Teaching the Beatles
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May 15, 2022 Rag Radio with Thorne Dreyer
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Thorne Dreyer 's guest on Rag Radio is Rev. Jim Rigby , one of our most prominent advocates for human rights and progressive causes -- and a friend of this show. This is his fifth visit to Rag Radio. Jim, who serves as pastor at St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church in Austin, just observed his 40th year with the church, which itself just celebrated its 70th birthday. St. Andrew’s also observed the addition of a new wing on the church that, according to Rigby, “will greatly improve our capacity...
Topics: Rag Radio, Thorne Dreyer, Jim Rigby, Rev. Jim Rigby, Austin Activists, Human Rights Activists
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Apr 28, 2022 Rag Radio with Thorne Dreyer
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Thorne Dreyer 's guest on Rag Radio is Judy Gumbo , author of the recently published Yippie Girl: Exploits in Protest and Defeating the FBI . Judy Gumbo is one of the few female members of the original Yippies, a satirical protest group that levitated the Pentagon to stop the Vietnam War, brought the New York Stock Exchange to a halt to ridicule greed and ran a pig named Pigasus for president at the 1968 Democratic Convention. Judy received her nickname "Gumbo" from Black Panther...
Topics: Rag Radio, Judy Gumbo, James Retherford, Yippies, Women's Revolution
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Apr 20, 2022 Rag Radio with Thorne Dreyer
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Our guest on Rag Radio is IWW historian Jane Little Botkin . Joining Thorne Dreyer as co-host is Alice Embree. Tracey Schulz is our engineer. Jane Little Botkin is the author of Frank Little and the IWW: The Blood That Stained an American Family . The book won numerous awards including two Spur Awards from the Western Writers of America and the Caroline Bancroft History Prize. The subject of the book is Frank Little, Botkin’s great-granduncle, a member of the Industrial Workers of the World...
Topics: Rag Radio, Jane Little Botkin, Wobblies, IWW History, Author, Frank Little, American History
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Apr 7, 2022 Rag Radio with Thorne Dreyer
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Michael Gaylord James is an activist, teacher, photographer, writer, producer, and actor. Historian Paul Buhle called Michael James a "midwest legend."James is Thorne Dreyer 's guest on Rag Radio. Mike shares stories from his life: youth rebellion and rock 'n roll; the Free Speech Movement; ERAP and SDS; Chicago and the JOIN Community Union; Athletes United for Peace; Rising Up Angry; the Heartland Café; Pictures from the Long Haul; and Live from the Heartland, his legendary Chicago...
Topics: Rag Radio, Michael James, Thorne Dreyer, SDS, U.S. Activists, Chicago Activists, Athletes for...
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Mar 27, 2022 Rag Radio with Thorne Dreyer
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News and political analysts Glenn Smith (right) and Roy Casagranda regularly join Rag Radio host Thorne Dreyer in dissecting the news. Today they're taking on the Russian War on Ukraine. This show is being broadcast from the KOOP studios for the first time since July 3, 2020. During the pandemic shows were pre-recorded on Zoom. Among topics discussed: How did we get here? What are the events that led to this moment and that inform Putin's motives? How has the war unfolded? How much of this is...
Topics: Rag Radio, Thorne Dreyer, Glenn Smith, Roy Casagranda, News Analysis, World Affairs, Russian War on...
Roger Baker , who talks about “Dealing With our Fossil Fuel Addiction,” calls himself a “biophysical economist.” Baker is a long-time transportation-oriented environmental activist, an amateur energy-oriented economist, and amateur scientist and science writer, and a founding member of and an advisor to the Association for the Study of Peak Oil-USA. He regularly speaks about issues related to politics and the economy. He is a regular contributor to The Rag Blog and Rag Radio. Zoom...
Topics: Rag Radio, Roger Baker Jr, Thorne Dreyer, Fossil Fuels, Peak Oil
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Feb 24, 2022 Rag Radio with Thorne Dreyer
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Jonah Raskin is a longtime teacher, scholar, and aficionado of the Beat writers. The author of American Scream: Allen Ginsberg’s ‘Howl’ and the Making of the Beat Generation , he has also written about Jack Kerouac and jazz, William Burroughs’ Naked Lunch and Junky and the only study of Natalie Jackson who is featured as a fictional character in Raskin's new novel, BeatBlues San Francisco, 1955 , which he also discusses on this show. Jonah now resides in San Francisco. He is a longtime...
Topics: Rag Radio, Jonah Raskin, Thorne Dreyer, Jack Kerouac, Beat Generation, Kerouac Anniversary
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Feb 10, 2022 Rag Radio with Thorne Dreyer
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Thorne Dreyer 's guest is Bruce Melton and we're talking about the Texas winter storm disaster of Valentine's Week 2021 which was caused by both climate change and poor planning. This is Bruce Melton's 12th visit to Rag Radio. Read Bruce's Feb. 10, 2022 article on The Rag Blog about the subject of this radio show. Climate change is making extreme weather more extreme, and energy generation planning in Texas did not fully take into consideration cascading feedbacks, simultaneous catastrophes,...
Topic: Rag Radio 2022-02-11 - Bruce Melton
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Feb 3, 2022 Rag Radio with Thorne Dreyer
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Thorne Dreyer ’s guest on Rag Radio is music aficionado Bill Oakey . This is Bill’s second visit to our show. Bill Oakey is a retired accountant, civic activist, artist photographer, and lifelong record collector and music history adventurer. He got his first 45 RPM record at the age of five in 1952. By the 1970s in Austin, he was booking local bands into nightclubs. He booked the first solo show for Asleep at the Wheel in 1973. From there, he turned to writing record reviews and feature...
Topics: Rag Radio, Thorne Dreyer, Bill Oakey, Music Collectors, Rock 'n Roll
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Today on Rag Radio we discuss voting in Texas under the new state law. Alice Embree is guest host. Longtime Austin writer and activist, Alice was a founder of The Rag , Austin’s legendary underground newspaper, and serves on the board of the New Journalism Project. Her memoir, Voice Lessons, was recently published by the Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, University of Texas Press. Our other guests are Jan Lance , retired Austin ISD teacher and president of the Texas Alliance for...
Topics: Rag Radio, Alice Embree, Thorne Dreyer, Jan Lance, Julie Fleming, Voting Rights, Voting in Texas,...
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Jan 14, 2022 Rag Radio with Thorne Dreyer
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Our guests are Glenn Smith and Roy Casagranda , who will be digging into the news with host Thorne Dreyer . Topics include possible good news about Omicron with some analysts now suggesting it may be peaking and soon be on the way down. We discuss the situation with voting rights (this was recorded before the latest developments); Texas Governor Abbot and his failings on the border and with the electric grid, and whether it does him any political damage; and we talk about Russia and China....
Topics: Rag Radio, Roy Casagranda, Glenn Smith, News Analysis, Politics,
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Jan 6, 2022 Rag Radio with Thorne Dreyer
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Newsman Neal Spelce and author Thomas Zigal are Thorne Dreyer 's guests on Rag Radio. Spelce is the author of With the Bark Off: A Journalist's Memories of LBJ and a Life in the News Media . The book, written with Thomas Zigal, features a foreword by Dan Rather. A Distinguished Graduate of the Moody College of Communication at The University of Texas at Austin, Neal Spelce has either interviewed, photographed, or associated with presidents Truman, Kennedy, Johnson, Nixon, Ford, Carter, Bush...
Topics: Rag Radio, Neal Spelce, Thomas Zigal, LBJ, Charles Whitman, UT Tower Shootings, Award-Winning...
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Dec 22, 2021 Rag Radio with Thorne Dreyer
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Thorne Dreyer ’s guest on Rag Radio is Nick Licata . Licata is the author of Student Power, Democracy, and Revolution, a memoir that tells of his days as leader of the Students for a Democratic Society (SDS) and student body president at Bowling Green State University, a working class school in Ohio. Defying the odds, Licata also became a Seattle City Council member, a position to which he was elected five times. He also served a term as president of the Council. Licata was named by The...
Topics: Thorne Dreyer, Nick Licata, Authors, Sixties, Sixties Activists, SDS, Bowling Green
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Today we present a Rag Radio show featuring the editors of Exploring Space City!: Houston’s Historic Underground Newspaper : Rag Radio host Thorne Dreyer , Alice Embree , Cam Duncan , and Sherwood Bishop . Space City! was an underground newspaper published in Houston from June 5, 1969, to August 3, 1972. Though it was relatively short-lived, the paper — which was continually under assault from the Ku Klux Klan — was widely acknowledged to be one of the very best of the ‘60s-70s...
Topics: Rag Radio, Thorne Dreyer, Alice Embree, Cam Duncan, Sherwood Bishop, Exploring Space City!,...
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Nov 18, 2021 Rag Radio with Thorne Dreyer
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Thomas Cleaver on the Tonkin Gulf Incident Thomas McKelvey Cleaver , a native Texan, has been a published writer for the past 40 years. He’s the author of several books, a journalist, and a produced screenwriter who has written successful horror movies and articles about the Second World War. Tom is a Vietnam vet, an anti-war, environmental, and electoral reform activist, and an aviation historian. This is his fifth visit to Rag Radio, dating back to 2014. His newest book is  The Tonkin Gulf...
Topic: Rag Radio 2021-11-19 - Thomas Cleaver
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Nov 11, 2021 Rag Radio with Thorne Dreyer
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Harry Targ joins Thorne Dreyer to discuss the topic, “Rethinking the university in an age of educational crisis.” As Harry writes, “Political debates today increasingly involve the character of higher education. Current controversies have emerged over the teaching of critical aspects of American history, such as those dealing with race, class, gender, the environment, and the U.S.’ role in war and foreign intervention. These debates raise questions about higher education and the...
Topics: Rag Radio, Harry Targ, Higher Education
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Oct 28, 2021 Rag Radio with Thorne Dreyer
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Thorne Dreyer ’s guest on Rag Radio is Philip Russell and we discuss the popular presidency of Mexico’s Andrés Manuel López Obrador (AMLO). Philip has joined us to discuss the state of affairs in Mexico for the last six years, first under Enrique Peña Nieto and then under AMLO. Philip characterizes AMLO’s administration for us, the major challenges he’s faced, his successes and his failure. Austin resident Russell has written six books on Latin America, including The Essential...
Topics: Rag Radio, Philip Russell, Mexico, AMLO, Andrés Manuel López Obrador
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Oct 22, 2021 Rag Radio with Thorne Dreyer
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Thorne Dreyer ’s guests today are Rag Radio news and politics analysts Glenn Smith and Roy Casagranda . They discuss such topics as how the Democratic Party “snatches defeat from the jaws of victory”; redistricting, or -- as Glenn and Roy call it -- “vote rigging”; and an update on Covid and how it’s affecting our society. Noted Democratic strategist and commentator and Rag Radio political analyst Glenn W. Smith , the director of Progress Texas PAC, is an op-ed columnist for the...
Topics: Rag Radio, Roy Casagranda, Glenn Smith, News Analysis, Politics
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Oct 7, 2021 Rag Radio with Thorne Dreyer
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Thorne Dreyer's guest, Colin Leyden, is the Texas Political Director of the Environmental Action Defense Fund. Leyden's areas of expertise include oil and gas, energy policy, ground-level ozone, and air quality. Colin is responsible for coordinating and promoting EDF and EDF Action’s political engagement in Texas -- from the local level to the state’s congressional delegation. The Environmental Defense Fund or EDF is a United States-based nonprofit environmental advocacy group. The group is...
Topics: Rag Radio, Colin Leyden, Environmental Defense Fund, Environmental Advocacy, Thorne Dreyer, Global...
Thorne Dreyer 's co-host Alice Embree is joined today on Rag Radio by two advocates for reproductive justice. Rachel Castignoli and Kim Varela-Broxson talk about the larger context of the Texas vigilante law, Senate Bill 8, the legal context, and on-the-ground impact now that Texas has become Ground Zero for an appalling new strategy to restrict women’s healthcare choices. Kim Varela-Broxson is a staff member at the National Network of Abortion Funds and a volunteer with the Bridge...
Topics: Rag Radio, Thorne Dreyer, Alice Embree, Kim Varela-Broxson, Rachel Castignoli, Reproductive...
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Sep 16, 2021 Rag Radio with Thorne Dreyer
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Thorne Dreyer ’s guest on Rag Radio is Mike Giglio , author of a fascinating and provocative article in The Intercept called “Blowback: The Forever Wars Are Coming home.” Mike Giglio is a journalist and writer focused on war, terrorism, and national security, as well as probing this divided American moment. He has reported from countries around the world and embedded extensively with local forces to cover the conflicts in Syria, Iraq, and Ukraine. His investigative work led to the...
Topics: Mike Giglio, The Intercept, Thorne Dreyer, Political Affairs, Forever Wars, American Society
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Aug 26, 2021 Rag Radio with Thorne Dreyer
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Thorne Dreyer ’s guest on Rag Radio is Austin activist, writer, and our friend and colleague since the ‘60s, Alice Embree . On the show, Alice discusses her new memoir, Voice Lessons , published by the Briscoe Center for American History and distributed by the University of Texas Press. In a review in The Rag Blog , Sharon Shelton writes: “For old-time Austinites, Embree’s book, both its words and photos, will vividly bring back the joys, the mistakes, the humor, and the obstacles of an...
Topics: Alice Embree, Rag Radio, Thorne Dreyer, Voice Lessons, Memoir, Feminism, Austin History, Books
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Aug 20, 2021 Rag Radio with Thorne Dreyer
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Thorne Dreyer ’s guests on Rag Radio are news analysts Glenn Smith and Dr. Roy Casagranda . They share with us their perspectives on the Afghan situation, with in-depth background on the history of the region, the political landscape, the impact in the United States, and the misdirected news coverage by the U.S. media. They also discuss the pandemic situation, the politics of COVID, the mask and vaccination mandates, the antics of Texas Governor Greg Abbott, and how our school children are...
Topics: Glenn Smith, Roy Casagranda, News Analysis, Afghanistan, Covid, Gregg Abbott
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Jul 29, 2021 Rag Radio with Thorne Dreyer
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Today we turn the tables as historian Robert Cottrell interviews Rag Radio host Thorne Dreyer on the occasion of his 76th birthday (which actually falls on Sunday, August 1). Robert Cottrell , the author of more than 20 books, his latest being All-American Rebels: The American Left from the Wobblies to the Resistance and he is also the author of Sex, Drugs and Rock ‘n” roll: The Rise of America’s 1960s Counterculture , and Izzy: A Biography of I.F. Stone . Cottrell is Professor of History...
Topics: Rag Radio, Thorne Dreyer, Robert Cottrell, Thorne Dreyer Interview
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Jul 22, 2021 Rag Radio with Thorne Dreyer
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Thorne Dreyer ’s guest on Rag Radio is Harry Targ , Professor Emeritus at Purdue University who taught U.S. foreign policy, international relations, and Peace Studies for 50 years. As a primary topic we talk with Professor Targ about ideological hegemony and campuses. Harry recently wrote an essay titled, “The Contradictions Facing 21st Century Higher Education: The Case of ‘Civic Literacy’ at Purdue University.” He writes about the “emergence of educational institutions as critical...
Topics: Rag Radio, Thorne Dreyer, Harry Targ, Higher Education, Ideological Hegemony, Civic Literacy
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Jul 15, 2021 Rag Radio with Thorne Dreyer
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Thorne Dreyer ’s guest is leftist activist and '60s movement leader Carl Davidson . On the show, Carl discusses two topics. The first has to do with a narrative of two intertwined histories, the America of slavery, war, and empire, and the America of popular democracy. Carl also talks about his work around the Green New Deal – and a new industrial policy aspect. Who will make the hardware for the Green New Deal and do we have it in place? Carl Davidson is a national committee member of...
Topics: Thorne Dreyer, Carl Davidson, American History, Green New Deal
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Jun 24, 2021 Rag Radio with Thorne Dreyer
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Thorne Dreyer’s guest on Rag Radio is Philip Russell and we discuss the presidency of Mexico’s Andrés Manuel López Obrador (AMLO). Philip has joined us to discuss the state of affairs in Mexico for the last six years, first under Enrique Peña Nieto and then under AMLO, whose term is half over. Philip characterizes AMLO’s administration, the major challenges he’s faced – including the economy, pandemic, poverty, drug cartels, and corruption, and the major draught that is an...
Topics: Rag Radio, Phillip Russell, Thorne Dreyer, Mexico, López Obrador, AMLO
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Jun 17, 2021 Rag Radio with Thorne Dreyer
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Thorne Dreyer’s guests on Rag Radio are Hilton Obenzinger and Jonah Raskin. Jonah is a regular guest on this show. Hilton is the author of Witness 2017-2020, a book of poetry that Jonah recently reviewed for The Rag Blog . It covers the time of Trump’s presidency (when, according to Raskin, “Donald Trump cracked a whip and… many, though not all Americans, jumped.” These two gentlemen from the Sixties (both were active in SDS and other Movement activities) discuss today’s issues,...
Topics: Rag Radio, Thorne Dreyer, Hilton Obenzinger, Jonah Raskin, American Writers, Jewish Poets
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Jun 3, 2021 Rag Radio with Thorne Dreyer
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Environmental researcher Bruce Melton joins Thorne Dreyer on Rag Radio to discuss responses to a climate emergency. He covers what a climate emergency is and why we have such emergencies, the nature of climate tipping, what “weather mayhem” is, and much more. He also discusses how we can delay these catastrophes and implement a climate energy response Bruce Melton is a professional engineer, environmental researcher, filmmaker, climate science education specialist, author, and director of...
Topics: Rag Radio, Bruce Melton, Thorne Dreyer, Environment, Climate Change, Climate Emergencies
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May 27, 2021 Rag Radio with Thorne Dreyer
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Our Rag Radio news and politics analysts Glenn Smith and Roy Casagranda dig into the news with Thorne Dreyer . Among topics discussed are the Palestine-Israel conflict (and Roy gives a gripping overview of that conflagration) and U.S. policy towards Israel, voter suppression, racism, and the potential gubernatorial races of Beto O’Rourke and Matthew McConaughey. And lots more. Noted Democratic strategist and commentator and Rag Radio political analyst Glenn W. Smith , the director of Progress...
Topics: Rag Radio, Roy Casagranda, Glenn Smith, News Analysis, Politics, Palestine
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May 13, 2021 Rag Radio with Thorne Dreyer
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Historian John Moretta joins Thorne Dreyer and Rag Radio’s Roger Baker to discuss the “myth of the revolutionary left and the reality of the counterrevolutionary right.” Moretta says the real threat to the “republican democratic experiment,” is the violent right wing that has been “lurking in the shadows for decades." “They have always been the threat, not the left.” Dr. John Moretta received his Ph.D. in history from Rice University in 1985 and has published several books...
Topics: Rag Radio, Thorne Dreyer, John Moretta, Roger Baker, Right-Wing Violence, American History,
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May 6, 2021 Rag Radio with Thorne Dreyer
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Thorne Dreyer ’s guest is Michael Klare with Alice Embree joining us as co-host. Klare is Professor Emeritus of Peace and World Security Studies at Hampshire College and a Senior Visiting Fellow at the Arms Control Association in Washington, D.C. He is also the defense correspondent for The Nation . Klare has written widely on international peace and security, U.S. military policy, and global resource politics. Since the Sixties, Klare has focused on anti-militarism work. He was involved in...
Topics: Rag Radio, Thorne Dreyer, Michael Klare, Alice Embree, Anti-Militarism, China, University of Texas
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Apr 15, 2021 Rag Radio with Thorne Dreyer
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Thorne Dreyer 's guest on Rag Radio is longtime union organizer and political activist Danny Fetonte who is now working on environmental issues. Danny's primary topic on the show is the lead poisoning from the Fayette Coal Plant in La Grange, Texas. He is campaigning for Austin City Council and the Lower Colorado River Authority (LCRA) "to remediate coal ash mismanagement and move towards renewable energy He says the plant is producing coal ash on a daily basis, polluting Central Texas...
Topics: Rag Radio, Danny Fetonte, Thorne Dreyer, Fayette Coal Plant, Lead Poisoning, Pollution, Central...
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Apr 1, 2021 Rag Radio with Thorne Dreyer
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Thorne Dreyer 's guest on Rag Radio is John Lomax III On his resume, John Lomax III calls himself a “musical catalyst.” Author, music journalist and music photographer, John Lomax III has worked in almost all aspects of the music business, especially with country and roots music. He managed Townes Van Zandt and Steve Earle. He’s a CMA Award Winner and also has been honored for his work advocating for country music outside the United States. And in the late '60s-early '70s, John was music...
Topics: John Lomax III, Thorne Dreyer, Musicologist, Music Journalism
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Mar 25, 2021 Rag Radio with Thorne Dreyer
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On Rag Radio today Alice Embree interviews Julie Fleming about voter suppression in Texas. Alice is a longtime Austin-based activist and writer who serves on the Board of Directors of the New Journalism and is a Rag Radio regular. Julie is an activist with the Texas Alliance for Retired Americans (TARA). Also appearing are Thorne Dreyer, Tracey Schulz, and Suzy Shelor They discuss SB7 and HB6 which would ban drive-through and outdoor voting; restrict absentee voting; criminalize small mistakes...
Topics: Julie Fleming, Alice Embree, Thorne Dreyer, Voter Suppression, Texas Voting Rights
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Mar 12, 2021 Rag Radio with Thorne Dreyer
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Glenn Smith and Roy Casagranda dig into the news with Thorne Dreyer . Topics include the Covid Relief Bill and the role of victory of the Dems in this standoff, as well as the gamble of putting the child tax credit up front.; comparing Biden to earlier presidents like LBJ and FDR; The Snow Apocalypse, Texas electrical politics and Gov. Abbott; Gov. Abbott opening Texas back up; chances of reforming the filibuster, and lots more. Noted Democratic strategist and commentator and Rag Radio...
Topics: Rag Radio, Glenn Smith, Roy Casagranda, News Analysis, Covid Relief Bill
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Mar 5, 2021 Rag Radio with Thorne Dreyer
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Thorne Dreyer ’s guest, cartoonist and underground comix artist, and writer, is Sharon Rudahl . Rudahl, a veteran of the civil rights movement, is the graphic artist and writer behind A Graphic Biography of Paul Robeson: Ballad of an American , which was edited by our friend Paul Buhle and Lawrence Ware. Sharon also did the art and text for a Dangerous Woman: The Graphic Biography of Emma Goldman . Sharon is a veteran of the ‘60s-‘70s underground press and the underground comix – with...
Topics: Rag Radio, Sharon Rudahl, Thorne Dreyer, Paul Robeson, Underground Comix, Graphic Novels,...
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Feb 25, 2021 Rag Radio with Thorne Dreyer
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Jim Hightower and Roger Baker join Thorne Dreyer to discuss the Snow Apocalypse and Austin's mass transportation boondoggle. Jim Hightower a former twice-elected Texas Agriculture Commissioner -- and former editor of the Texas Observer in the late '70s -- Hightower is a nationally-syndicated columnist and radio commentator, activist, and public speaker. He was a surrogate to Bernie Sanders in his presidential campaign. He is a New York Times bestselling author, editor of the Hightower Lowdown ,...
Topics: Rag Radio, Jim Hightower, Roger Baker, Thorne Dreyer, ERCOT, TXDOT, 2021 Storm, T
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Feb 11, 2021 Rag Radio with Thorne Dreyer
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Thorne Dreyer ’s guest on Rag Radio is Harvey Wasserman , an American journalist, author, democracy activist, and advocate for renewable energy. Wasserman is currently the co-convenor of the Grassroots Emergency Election Protection Coalition . He has been a strategist and organizer in the anti-nuclear movement in the United States for decades. He is the author, co-author, or introducer to some 20 books, including Harvey Wasserman’s History of the United States, with an introduction by...
Topics: Rag Radio, Thorne Dreyer, Harvey Wasserman, Voter Suppression, Environment, Nuclear Power
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James P. Danky and Alice Embree are Thorne Dreyer ’s guests on Rag Radio. Historian, bibliographer, and culture critic Jim Danky is widely known and frequently honored for his work in collecting and cataloging underground and alternative publications. The American Journalism Historians Association honored Danky at its 2019 national convention for his work in preservation of the newspaper collection at the State Historical Society of Wisconsin. His first book, Undergrounds , was published in...
Topic: Rag Radio, Thorne Dreyer, James Danky, Alice Embree, Alternative Publications, Wisconsin Historical...
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Jan 21, 2021 Rag Radio with Thorne Dreyer
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Environmental researcher and activist Bruce Melton is Thorne Dreyer ’s guest on Rag Radio. On the show Bruce explains the meaning of a “climate emergency response” and “climate tipping.” Known tipping points include Antarctic collapse, permafrost collapse, epic fires, and sunny day beach erosion. He talks about a “cascade of tipping systems,” and what is irreversible. We also discuss the harm that Donald Trump did and what we can expect from a Biden presidency, with a rundown of...
Topics: Rag Radio, Thorne Dreyer, Bruce Melton, Climate Change, Environment, Biden Climate Plan
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Jan 14, 2021 Rag Radio with Thorne Dreyer
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Rag Radio news and politics analysts Roy Casagranda and Glenn Smith are Thorne Dreyer 's guests today. They take a look back at recent events and look forward to possibilities in the new year. They discuss the insurrection at the Capitol including Trump’s role in inciting it, the security services’ lack of preparation for it despite advance warnings.. We also look at the Pandemic in the U.S. and Texas, and the failure of Trump to deal with it. And we look hopefully forward to a Biden...
Topics: Rag Radio, Thorne Dreyer, Glenn Smith, Roy Casagranda, News Analysis, Political News, Capitol...
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Dec 17, 2020 Rag Radio with Thorne Dreyer
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Historian Robert C. Cottrell is Thorne Dreyer 's guest on Rag Radio today. On the show we discuss Bob’s book, Izzy: A Biography of I. F. Stone , which was originally published in 1992 and was reprinted this year by Rutgers University Press. Stone, who was best known for his influential newsletter, I. F. Stone’s Weekly , was a major influence on New Left radicals and those opposing the Vietnam War. Cottrell calls his book, “an examination of the life and career of that ofttimes gregarious,...
Topics: Rag Radio, Robert C. Cottrell, Thorne Dreyer, I. F. Stone, Left Historian
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Dec 3, 2020 Rag Radio with Thorne Dreyer
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Leftist scholars and activists Carl Davidson and Bill Fletcher, Jr.   are Thorne Dreyer ’s guests on Rag Radio. On the show they discuss issues raised in their recent article, “Post-election reckoning: New hypotheses for the road ahead” which can be read on The Rag Blog . Topics discussed include voter suppression, racism and “revanchism” (which is the seeking of revenge), the emergence of a right-wing mass movement, the absolute denial of the Trump administration, the issue of the...
Topics: Rag Radio, Carl Davidson, Bill Fletcher Jr., Thorne Dreyer, Leftist Analysis, 2020 Elections
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Nov 26, 2020 Rag Radio with Thorne Dreyer
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On Rag Radio we discuss Aaron Sorkin’s heralded yet controversial new movie, The Trial of the Chicago 7. Thorne Dreyer ’s guests are original Yippie Judy Gumbo and longtime activist and SDS veteran Alice Embree . The seven (eight if you count Bobby Seale, whose case was eventually severed from the others) were involved in planning demonstrations at the Chicago Democratic National Convention in August 1968 and all were charged with a federal crime of inciting to riot. Both Judy (who managed...
Topics: Rag Radio, Judy Gumbo, Alice Embree, Thorne Dreyer, Abbie Hoffman, Tom Hayden, Bobby Seale, Chicago...
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Thorne Dreyer ’s guests on Rag Radio are Steve Russell and Bill Meacham . Steve Russell’s recently published memoir is Lighting the Fire: A Cherokee Journey from Dropout to Professor . Bill Meacham reviewed Steve’s book last week on The Rag Blog . Steve and Bill both worked on Austin’s underground paper, The Rag , in the late ‘60s and Steve also wrote for the Daily Texan . Both are contributors to The Rag Blog and have appeared previously on Rag Radio. In recent years, Russell has...
Topics: Rag Radio, Thorne Dreyer, Steve Russell, Bill Meacham, Lighting the Fire, Memoir, The Rag Blog, The...
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Oct 22, 2020 Rag Radio with Thorne Dreyer
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Rag Radio news analysts Glenn Smith and Roy Casagranda join Thorne Dreyer to discuss the upcoming 2020 elections. Topics include, Will there be a blue tsunami?; How does the Electoral College stack up?; why isn't Texas considered a swing state?; What does the early vote tell us; What are the chances of Democratics taking the presidency, the House, and the Senate?; and What about the down-ticked races? Progress Texas PAC director Glenn W. Smith , is an op-ed columnist for the Austin...
Topics: Rag Radio, Thorne Dreyer, Glenn Smith, Roy Casagranda, News Analysis, 2020 Elections
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Oct 14, 2020 Rag Radio with Thorne Dreyer
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Thorne Dreyer ’s guest today on Rag Radio is Chicago-based writer, filmmaker, political and public policy strategist, and longtime activist Marilyn Katz . On the show Marilyn informs us about an internet event called the All Souls to the Polls Benefit Concert to Get out the Vote this Saturday and Sunday, October 17-18. It’s on https://www.twitch.tv/5050gotv., and on Facebook and YouTube. It features an all-star culturally-diverse cast of entertainers and activists from across the country...
Topics: Rag Radio, Thorne Dreyer: Marilyn Katz, Souls to the Polls, 2020 Elections
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Oct 8, 2020 Rag Radio with Thorne Dreyer
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Thorne Dreyer’s guests on Rag Radio are longtime Austin-based writer and activist Alice Embree and Julie Fleming, an activist with the Texas Alliance for Retired Americans (TARA). On the show we discuss the 2020 elections, with a focus on Texas, and especially the issues of voting and voter suppression. Also joining us are Rag Radio engineer Tracey Schulz and associate Suzy Shelor. Zoom image: Clockwise from top left: Suzy Shelor, Tracey Schulz, Thorne Dreyer, Alice Embree, and Julie Fleming....
Topics: Rag Radio, Thorne Dreyer, Alice Embree, Julie Fleming, TARA, 2020 Elections
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Sep 24, 2020 Rag Radio with Thorne Dreyer
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Thorne Dreyer 's guest is historian and author Philip Russell , who has discussed the state of affairs in Mexico -- first under Enrique Peña Nieto and now under Andrés Manuel López Obrador (AMLO) -- for the last six years on Rag Radio. Austin resident Russell has written six books on Latin America, including The Essential History of Mexico (Routledge, 2016), and is the editor of the Mexico Energy News. Philip, who also writes about Mexico for The Rag Blog, is making his 11th appearance on...
Topics: Rag Radio, Thorne Dreyer, Philip Russell, Mexico, López Obrador, Peña Nieto
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Sep 17, 2020 Rag Radio with Thorne Dreyer
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Roger Baker is Thorne Dreyer 's guest on Rag Radio. Roger is a longtime Austin-based transportation activist and environmentalist and also speaks about issues related to politics and the economy. On this show, we discuss topics including the pandemic and how the Trump administration has handled it; Austin's new Tesla plant; the wildfires and climate change; the Green New Deal; peak oil; Congressional gridlock; and why he opposes Austin's massive Project Connect plan. Also joining us on the show...
Topics: Rag Radio, Thorne Dreyer, Roger Baker, Project Connect, Climate Chaange, Pandemic
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Sep 11, 2020 Rag Radio with Thorne Dreyer
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Thorne Dreyer ’s guests are Melissa Hield and Richard Croxdale of People’s History in Texas (PHIT), a nonprofit research, publishing, and media production organization that brings to life the stories of ordinary people and significant socio-political movements. Melissa Hield is executive director, interviewer, and producer for PHIT video projects. With four other women, she was a founding member of PHIT and has worked on successful projects since 1975. She has a M.A. and is ABD in American...
Topics: Rag Radio, Thorne Dreyer, Melissa Hield, Richard Croxdale, People's History in Texas
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Sep 3, 2020 Rag Radio with Thorne Dreyer
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Our regular Rag Radio new analysis program features Glenn Smith and Roy Casagranda who join Thorne Dreyer in addressing the latest developments in the country and the world, especially in the world of politics. Progress Texas PAC director Glenn W. Smith , is an op-ed columnist for the Austin American-Statesman, a columnist for The Quorum Report, and a former political reporter for the Houston Chronicle and Houston Post. Roy Casagranda is Professor of Government at Austin Community College where...
Topics: Rag Radio, Thorne Dreyer, Glenn Smith, Roy Casagranda, News Analysis, KOOP Radio
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Aug 13, 2020 Rag Radio with Thorne Dreyer
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Tom Philpott is the author of the recently-released “Perilous Bounty: The Looming Collapse of American Farming and How We Can Prevent It.” On the show we discuss farming in the Central Valley of California and the Midwest Corn Belt, two different stories but both are in ecological decline. And the larger issue of the Green New Deal. Tom Philpott has been the food and agriculture correspondent for Mother Jones since 2011. Previously, he covered food as a writer and editor for the...
Topics: Rag Radio, Tom Philpott, Thorne Dreyer, Agriculture, Green New Deal, Ecological Decline
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Jul 23, 2020 Rag Radio with Thorne Dreyer
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Cultural Critic, media scholar, journalist, author, and activist Jonah Raskin is Thorne Dreyer 's guest. Jonah lives in northern California where he writes the cannabis column for two weekly newspapers, The Bohemian and the Pacific Sun . He has written about cannabis politics and culture since the 1970s. The author of biographies of Jack London and Allen Ginsberg and another of Abbie Hoffman, which has just been translated into French and published in France, Jonah is a long time contributor to...
Topics: Rag Radio, Thorne Dreyer, Jonah Raskin, Cannabis, Ed Sanders, Black Lives Matter, Caronavirus
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Jul 16, 2020 Rag Radio with Thorne Dreyer
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Carl Davidson, a longtime friend and colleague, was a leader of the '60s New Left. In the 1960s, Davidson served as Vice President and National Secretary of the Students for a Democratic Society (SDS) and was a writer and editor at the leftist Guardian newsweekly. On the show we discuss the unprecedented convergence of crises facing us and ways that we can address them, the political situation in the country, the recent uptick in progressive Democratic victories and the pressure on Biden to...
Topics: Rag Radio, Carl Davidson, Thorne Dreyer, Leftist Analysis, Socialists, Current Affairs
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Jul 3, 2020 Rag Radio with Thorne Dreyer
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Thorne Dreyer's guest is environmental researcher and activist Bruce Melton. Bruce, a longtime contributor to The Rag Blog and frequent guest on Rag Radio, is a professional engineer, filmmaker, author, and CEO of the Climate Change Now Initiative, the oldest independent climate science education organization in the world, founded in 2005. On the show Melton discusses issues raised in his current Rag Blog article, titled "Covid-19, Climate Change, permafrost collapse and our new, abruptly...
Topics: Rag Radio, Thorne Dreyer, Bruce Melton, Environment, Covid-19, Climate Change
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Jun 25, 2020 Rag Radio with Thorne Dreyer
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Thorne Dreyer 's guest is Lamar W. Hankins , a former San Marcos, Texas, City Attorney. Lamar is a frequent collumnist for The Rag Blog and recently wrote an article titled "The crime of dark skin: There is little justice in the 'criminal legal system' for black people." That article can be found here . In the article -- and on Rag Radio -- Lamar discusses his personal experiences with the legal and criminal justice systems. We are joined on the show by Rag Radio engineer Tracey...
Topics: Rag Radio, Lamar W. Hankins, Thorne Dreyer, Racism, Criminal Justice
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Jun 17, 2020 Rag Radio with Thorne Dreyer
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Thorne Dreyer 's guest is Allen Young , longtime progressive journalist and gay activist. Allen has lived in Rayalston, Mass, since 1973, when he was part of the "back-to-the-earth" movement. He worked briefly for the Washington Pos t, resigning in 1967 to become a full-time anti-war activist and staff member at Liberation News Service (LNS) in New York City where he worked with Rag Radio host Dreyer. In 1970, following the Stonewall Rebellion in New York, Young began his...
Topics: Rag Radio, Thorne Dreyer, Allen Young, Gay Activists, Liberation News Service, Progressive...
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Jun 14, 2020 Rag Radio with Thorne Dreyer
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Rag Radio host Thorne Dreyer and news analysts Glenn Smith and Roy Casagranda talk about the latest on the coronavirus epidemic and the Black Lives Matter revolt. Also with us are Suzy Shelor and Rag Radio engineer Tracey Schulz. This is our first new show since the pandemic shut us all in; We recorded it via Zoom from our homes. Progress Texas PAC director Glenn W. Smith , is an op-ed columnist for the Austin American-Statesman , a columnist for The Quorum Report , and a former political...
Topics: Rag Radio, Thorne Dreyer, Glenn Smith, Roy Casagranda, News Analysis, Black Lives Matter,...
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Mar 15, 2020 Rag Radio with Thorne Dreyer
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Alice Embree is Thorne Dreyer 's guest host on Rag Radio this week. Alice is a longtime Austin political activist and journalist and a Rag Radio regular. Alice's guests are Sarah Lopez of Fund Texas Choice and Cristina Parker of the Lilith Fund. The show focuses specifically on abortion access in Texas as well as other reproductive justice issues. All three guests are highly attuned to the issues of racial and immigration justice and their impact on abortion access. They represent a new...
Topics: Rag Radio, Thorne Dreyer, Alice Embree, Sarah Lopez, Cristina Parker, Reproductive Justice,...
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Mar 8, 2020 Rag Radio with Thorne Dreyer
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Joining Thorne Dreyer are Glenn Smith and Roy Casagranda and they're digging into the news. Pressing topics are Super Tuesday and the elections -- and what happens next -- and the coronavirus, especially as it involves Texas and SXSW. And, of course, Trump's lies. Progress Texas PAC director Glenn W. Smith , is an op-ed columnist for the Austin American-Statesman, a columnist for The Quorum Report, and a former political reporter for the Houston Chronicle and Houston Post. A leading political...
Topics: Rag Radio, Glenn Smith, Roy Casagranda, News Analysis, Coronavirus, Presidential Elections, Super...
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Mar 1, 2020 Rag Radio with Thorne Dreyer
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Thorne Dreyer 's guest is Louis Black . Louis is a co-founder of South by Southwest (SXSW), where he is a director, and The Austin Chronicle , where he was the editor for 36 years, and is a founding board member of the Austin Film Society. As someone who was deeply involved in much of the legendary culture of creativity in Austin, he and his work have also been defined by it. With partners, he helped build several of Austin's most iconic institutions, including the Austin Music Awards and the...
Topics: Rag Radio, Thorne Dreyer, Louis Black, South by Southwest, The Austin Chronicle, Austin History
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Feb 16, 2020 Rag Radio with Thorne Dreyer
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Today's show is a Valentine's Card from Sonoma County, California. Journalist and author Jonah Raskin is Thorne Dreyer 's guest in a Valentine's Day special of sorts. Jonah reads some Valentine's Day poems and he'll also discuss the British TV series, Vera , a police procedural that reveals the "Other England." Vera, Jonah says, has a certain "Shakespearian veracity." And he'll talk about homelessness in Sonoma County's wealthy Wine Country and report on the latest on the...
Topics: Rag Radio, Jonah Raskin, Thorne Dreyer, Homelessness, Cannabis
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Feb 14, 2020 Rag Radio with Thorne Dreyer
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Thorne Dreyer 's guest is historian and author Philip Russell , who has discussed the state of affairs in Mexico -- first under Enrique Peña Nieto and now under Andrés Manuel López Obrador (AMLO) -- for the last six years on Rag Radio. Among topics discussed are the political scene in Mexico under AMLO -- inside his party and outside. Also, his environmental record, security, his popularity, the economy, his three pet megaprojects, energy policy, immigration, and Mexico's Air Force One....
Topics: Rag Radio, Thorne Dreyer, Philip Russell, Mexico
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Historian John A. Moretta is Thorne Dreyer's guest today on Rag Radio, and they are joined by Sixties activist and Rag Radio associate, Alice Embree. Moretta is the author of Political Hippies and Hip Politicos: Counterculture Alliance and Cultural Radicalism in 1960s Austin, published this month in the Southwestern Historical Quarterly by the Texas State Historical Association -- which he plans to expand into a book later this year. Moretta was also the author in 2017 of a book about the 1960s...
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Jan 26, 2020 Rag Radio with Thorne Dreyer
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Thorne Dreyer's guest on Rag Radio is Elliott Naishtat. Naishtat -- a progressive Democrat who held the District 49 seat in the Texas House of Representatives from January 1991 to January 2017 -- is an Austin-based member of the Texas Holocaust and Genocide Commission. The mission of the Holocaust Commission is "to bring awareness of the Holocaust and other genocides to Texas students, educators, and the general public by ensuring availability of resources, and in doing so imbue in...
Topics: Rag Radio, Elliott Naishtat, Holocaust Commission
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Jan 24, 2020 Rag Radio with Thorne Dreyer
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Today's show features Roy Casagranda and Banafsheh Madaninejad and we're talking about "Scorned Love: The U.S.' Bizarre Obsession with Iran." Why does the U.S. hate Iran so much? What are U.S. and Iranian foreign policy objectives? Where do Iraq, Syria, and Yemen come in? And, in general, the web of alliances and enemies. What about Iran's shooting down the passenger plane -- and how did they react to the demonstrations? And why did the U.S. back down on the brink of war? (Roy says...
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Jan 18, 2020
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Jan 12, 2020 Rag Radio with Thorne Dreyer
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Sherwood Bishop, president of the San Marcos Greenbelt Alliance and one of its founders in 1998, is Thorne Dreyer's guest on Rag Radio. We are also joined by local activist and Rag Radio regular, Alice Embree. The San Marcos Greenbelt Alliance, now in its 23rd year, is aiming for, and achieving, goals that are unique in Texas and in the U.S. Working with local governments and other groups, they have almost completed a "wreath" of parkland encircling the city. They are also developing...
Topics: Rag Radio, Sherwood Bishop, Alice Embree, Thorne Dreyer, San Marcos Greenbelt Alliance,...
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Dec 22, 2019 Rag Radio
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Nov 24, 2019 Rag Radio with Thorne Dreyer
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Thomas McKelvey Cleaver, a native Texan, has been a published writer for the past 40 years and this is his fourth visit to Rag Radio. Tom is a Vietnam vet, an anti-war, environmental, and electoral reform activist, an aviation historian, and the author of several books. His latest book, which we discuss on this show, is MiG Alley: The U.S. Air Force in Korea, 1950-1953. According to Tom, "The book goes into some deep detail about the mistakes we made in Korea, the crimes committed against...
Topics: Rag Radio, Thomas McKelvey Cleaver, Thorne Dreyer, American Authors, MiG Alley, Aviation History
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Rag Radio host Thorne Dreyer and political analysts Glenn Smith and Roy Casagranda are joined by Texas Public Radio's David Martin Davies in our regular feature, Digging In! to the News. Among topics to be discussed: This week's elections in Texas and around the country, including the Texas House District runoff for Rep. John Zerwas' seat; the latest on impeachment and the Trump circus; the continuing fallout from the Texas House Speaker Bonnen affair; global revolution again: from Hong Kong to...
Topics: Rag Radio, Thorne Dreyer, Glenn Smith, Roy Casagranda, David Martin Davies, News Analysis,, Roy...
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Nov 3, 2019 Rag Radio with Thorne Dreyer
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Thorne Dreyer 's guests on Rag Radio today are iconic Austin artist, Jim Franklin , and Leea Mechling , director of the Austin Museum of Popular Culture (AusPop), which is currently showing Franklin's paintings and posters. Jim Franklin , a national treasure and iconic Austin figure, is a classically-trained surrealist painter. He is, however, best known for his poster art first created for the Armadillo World Headquarters, and more specifically for his detailed, surrealistic illustrations of...
Topics: Rag Radio, Thorne Dreyer, Jim Franklin, Leea Mechling, Tracey Schulz, Armadillo Artist, Surrealist...
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Oct 30, 2019 Rag Radio with Thorne Dreyer
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Thorne Dreyer 's guest on Rag Radio is Severo Perez , whose new book of fiction, Odd Birds , is featured at this week's Texas Book Festival in Austin. Perez, an award-winning filmmaker, playwright, and writer, grew up in working-class Westside San Antonio and graduated from the University of Texas at Austin. For over 45 years he produced programing for PBS, network, and cable television. His feature film adaptation of Tomas Rivera's novel, ...and the earth did not swallow him (1994) won 11...
Topics: Rag Radio, Thorne Dreyer, Severo Perez, Texas Book Festival, American Authors, Mexican-American...
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Oct 25, 2019 Rag Radio with Thorne Dreyer
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Thorne Dreyer 's guests are Cleve and Sweet Mary Hattersley of the legendary Austin band, Greezy Wheels , members of the Austin Music Hall of Fame. Cleve and Sweet Mary perform, we play some music from their new cd, "Ain't Quite Like That," and we talk about Cleve's new book, Life is a Butt Dial -- and about their upcoming Merry Kinksters Tour with Kinky Friedman. Founded in the early '70s, Greezy Wheels is one of Austin's most iconic bands. Greezy played some of the most important...
Topics: Rag Radio, Thorne Dreyer, Cleve Hattersley, Sweet Mary Hattersley, Greezy Wheels, Austin Musicians,...
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Oct 13, 2019 Rag Radio with Thorne Dreyer
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Thorne Dreyer 's guest is singer-songwriter Penny Jo Pullus who performs,  backed by Matt Giles and Siobhán O'Brien , and also discusses her work with TeXchromosome, a nonprofit that advocates for, showcases, and promotes women artists. TeXchromosome includes a live music series and radio show and offers female-focused songwriting festivals and creative writing and career workshops to female musicians. Penny Jo Pullus' music combines roots and pop stylings. Starting out in the New York punk...
Topics: Rag Radio, Thorne Dreyer, Penny Jo Pullus, Matt Giles, Siobhán O'Brien, Austin Musicians, Irish...
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Sep 28, 2019 Rag Radio
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On the occasion of our 10th anniversary, Thorne Dreyer , Alice Embree , Tracey Schulz , Suzy Shelor , Roy Casagranda , and Roger Baker discuss our first decade of Rag Radio programming. Plus some history of The Rag , Austin's legendary '60s-'70s underground newspaper, and its digital-age rebirth with The Rag Blog in 2006 and Rag Radio in 2009. Also featured are highlights and snippets from former shows with guests including Dan Rather and Robin Rather, Bill Kirchen, Margaret Moser, Bill Ayers...
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Sep 22, 2019 Rag Radio with Thorne Dreyer
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Thorne Dreyer's guest is Chellis Glendinning, author of In the Company of Rebels: A Generational Memoir of Bohemians, Deep Heads, and History Makers . Glendinning, an award-winning writer and activist for social change, is a noted contributor to the field of eco-psychology, as well as bioregionalism, feminism, and indigenous rights. Chellis is the author of nine books, a bilingual opera, and hundreds of essays and articles - and several of her pieces have been published at The Rag Blog . A...
Topics: Rag Radio, Thorne Dreyer, Chellis Glendinning, Authors, Political Activists, Bolivian Writers
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Sep 18, 2019 Rag Radio with Thorne Dreyer
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Thorne Dreyer's guest on Rag Radio is singer, songwriter, and percussionist John Bush, joined in performance by guitarist Landis Armstrong. John Bush, who performs with the John Bush Band and other groups, is a multi-instrumentalist specializing in drums and percussion. Besides being an original member of the platinum-selling band, Edie Brickell & New Bohemians, Bush has played with Texas Music Hall of Famers Greezy Wheels, and has worked with many national and regional acts including Ian...
Topics: Rag Radio, Thorne Dreyer, John Bush, Landis Armstrong, Musical Performance
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Sep 13, 2019 Rag Radio with Thorne Dreyer
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Rag Radio political analysts Glenn Smith and Roy Casagranda join host Thorne Dreyer in our regular feature, Digging In! to the News. Among topics to be discussed: Hong Kong; Brexit; Trump's falling numbers; can Texas Dems take the State House?; and the controversy surrounding Texas House speaker Bonnen. And more: The upcoming presidential debate in Houston; The narrative that Warren and Sanders are pulling the Dems too far to the left; the Hurricane Dorian that is Trump's mind!; and the...
Topics: Rag Radio, Thorne Dreyer, News Analysis, Glenn Smith, Roy Casagranda
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Aug 25, 2019 Rag Radio with Thorne Dreyer
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Thorne Dreyer's guest is Dawn Paley, whose first book, Drug War Capitalism, tells us that, "The drug war is less about cocaine or marijuana than it is about social, economic, and territorial control... [it] lays bare the mechanisms through which state and corporate interests are advanced under the pretext of fighting drugs in Latin America." We talk with Paley about the myths of the drug war and the real human impacts it has in Mexico, Central America, and Colombia. We discuss...
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Thorne Dreyer 's guests are journalist and musician Michael Simmons , author and former Yippie Jonah Raskin and original Yippie Judy Gumbo Albert . This is the second of three Rag Radio tributes to the late Paul Krassner -- legendary social satirist, editor of The Realist , and a founder of the Yippies, and our dear friend and colleague -- who passed away July 21 at the age of 87. As leader of the band Michael Simmons & Slewfoot in the 1970s, the front man was dubbed "The Father of...
Topics: Rag Radio, Thorne Dreyer, Paul Krassner, Michael Simmons, Jonah Raskin, Judy Gumbo Albert, American...
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Jul 28, 2019 Rag Radio with Thorne Dreyer
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Thorne Dreyer 's guest is acclaimed jazz singer and songwriter Sarah Sharp who joins us in conversation and live performance, accompanied by virtuoso guitarist Mitch Watkins . Sarah currently holds down the fort on Tuesdays at Austin's premier jazz venue, the Elephant Room. Sharp has topped the Austin Music Awards as Best Female Vocalist, Best Producer, Best Songwriter, and for Album of the Year, Song of the Year, Band of the Year, and Best Jazz Band. Sarah has been featured on NPR's "Song...
Topics: Rag Radio, Thorne Dreyer, Sarah Sharp, Mitch Watkins, Austin Musicians, Jazz Singers, Live Music
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Jul 25, 2019 Rag Radio with Thorne Dreyer
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Thorne Dreyer 's guests are children's nonfiction author Cynthia Levinson and constitutional scholar Sanford Levinson . The Levinsons, who are married, authored the award-winning book, Fault Lines in the Constitution: The Framers, their Fights, and the Flaws that Affect Us Today , a book that is primarily aimed at teen and preteen readers. They address the fact that many of the political issues we struggle with now -- like gerrymandering and the electoral college, limits on removing a...
Topics: Rag Radio, Thorne Dreyer, Cynthia Levinson, Sanford Lefinson, U.S. Constitution
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Jul 7, 2019 Rag Radio with Thorne Dreyer
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Thorne Dreyer 's guest is award-winning writer, activist, and academic Raj Patel . Raj discusses Agriculture and the Green New Deal. Raj Patel is a Research Professor in the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas at Austin, and a Senior Research Associate at the Unit for the Humanities at Rhodes University (UHURU), South Africa. He studies the global food system and alternatives to it. He has degrees from the University of Oxford, the London School of Economics,...
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Jun 30, 2019 Rag Radio with Thorne Dreyer
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Rag Radio political analysts Glenn Smith and Roy Casagranda join host Thorne Dreyer in our regular feature, Digging In! to the News. We focus on the aftermath of the Dem debates and Roy leads a discussion about our situation with Iran. Did Elizabeth Warren dominate the first debate and did Kamala Harris become a force to reckon with? Did Uncle Joe falter and is his position atop the heap in danger? And as Roy asked after Trump stepped back from the brink in Iran, "Why didn't we just start...
Topics: Rag Radio, Thorne Dreyer, Glenn Smith, Roy Casagranda, News Analysis, Iran, Democratic Debates
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Jun 22, 2019 Rag Radio with Thorne Dreyer
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Thorne Dreyer 's guest Bruce Melton , a longtime contributor to The Rag Blog and guest on Rag Radio , is a professional engineer, environmental researcher, filmmaker, author, and CEO of the Climate Change Now Initiative in Austin, Texas -- the oldest, independent climate science education organization in the world, founded in 2005. We will discuss the presidential candidates' climate plans, including that of Elizabeth Warren. On the show we talk about carbon dioxide removal systems, Bruce's...
Topics: Rag Radio, Thorne Dreyer, Bruce Melton, Climate Change, Global Warming, Padre Island
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Cultural Critic, media scholar, activist, and Rag Blog contributor Jonah Raskin is Thorne Dreyer 's guest on Rag Radio. Jonah Raskin's latest "California noir" novel is Dark Day, Dark Night . His earlier novel featuring private eye Tioga Vignetta was Dark Land, Dark Mirror . Jonah Raskin is an activist and educator and the author of more than a dozen books (and poetry chap books), including biographies of Allen Ginsberg and Abbie Hoffman. A Sixties radical (he was Minister of...
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Thorne Dreyer 's guest is Pete Gershon , author of Collision: The Contemporary Art Scene in Houston, 1972-1985 , the raucous, delightful, no-holds-barred story of how contemporary art came to Houston. (Clue: It was a collision!) In this expansive and vigorous survey of the Houston art scene, Gershon describes the city's emergence as a locus for the arts. Cheech Marin says that "...Pete Gershon puts you in the middle of this wild, dynamic scene..." And, according to Bill Arning,...
Topics: Rag Radio, Thorne Dreyer, Pete Gershon, Houston Art, Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, Art History